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Your Guide To Visiting Sydney In 2022

As of February 2022, Australia has finally reopened its doors to international tourists for the first time since the pandemic swept across the world. Sydney is among the top cities that have been welcoming thousands of airport travellers daily since it reopened.

What can you expect from travelling to Sydney in the new normal? Below are the travel guidelines you should know, as well as recommended accommodations, activities, and restaurants to help you plan your much-awaited trip to the famed harbour city.

 

COVID-19 Travel Guidelines

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Sydney is now open to domestic/interstate and international travellers, and it doesn’t take a lot of work to fulfil your dream travel this year!

 

 

Interstate Travellers

For visitors coming from other states, there are no longer requirements prior to your trip, regardless if you’re vaccinated or not. You also don’t have to show proof of vaccination anymore. 

However, you would need to check-in via the Service NSW app if you are visiting nightclubs and music festivals with over 1,000 attendees. You may also need to show proof of vaccination for the latter. 

 

 

International Travellers

The restrictions have likewise eased for international travellers. Hotel quarantine is no longer mandatory for unvaccinated tourists, and proof of vaccination is also not required upon entry for those fully vaccinated, though it is best to still have it ready during your vacation.

Here are the entry requirements for both vaccinated and unvaccinated international tourists:

  • Negative result of COVID-19 rapid antigen test, taken within 24 hours of arrival
  • Digital Passenger Declaration, to be accomplished between one week and 72 hours before departure
  • Passport and tourist visa

Meanwhile, here’s what you can expect once you arrive in Sydney:

  • From the airport, you are required to head straight to your accommodation.
  • Take a COVID-19 rapid antigen test and self-isolate for 24 hours while waiting for the result. 
  • Masks are no longer required in most situations in Sydney except in high-risk places (e.g., hospitals), indoor music festivals, public transport, and any situation where physical distancing is difficult.

 

 

Where to Stay in Sydney

There are lots of great accommodation options around Sydney, but here are the ones that will make your stay most memorable!

 

The Langham, Sydney

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Tucked in the historic Rocks District, this five-star Irish-Georgian-style hotel has lavish suites that offer views of Sydney and the stunning harbour. Its top-notch spa facilities are also highly coveted.

Location: 89-113 Kent St., Sydney, NSW
Website: langhamhotels.com

 

 

Swissôtel Sydney

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The Swissotel is another five-star hotel with reasonable rates for families. Its location is close to family attractions like SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, as well as shopping spots at Darling Harbour.

Location: 68 Market St., Sydney, NSW
Website: swissotelsydney.com.au

 

 

Sydney Habour YHA

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YHA is a popular hostel option for backpackers and budget-conscious travellers. It puts you at the heart of Sydney, surrounded by heritage buildings, dining and shopping spots, and views of Sydney Harbour.

Location: 10 Cumberland St, The Rocks, Sydney, NSW
Website: yha.com.au

 

 

 

Where to Eat in Sydney

Be sure to fill your tummy up with something good while in Sydney! Here are the best restaurants that are sure to satisfy your cravings.

 

SkyFeast at Sydney Tower

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SkyFeast is a trendy revolving restaurant concept that lets you enjoy a wide buffet selection of local and international specialties. At the same time, you can feast your eyes on the panoramic views of the city and the harbour. 

Location: 108 Market St., Sydney, NSW
Website: skyfeastsydneytower.com.au

 

 

Botanic House

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Burrowed at the heart of Royal Botanic Garden’s lush expanse, Botanic House offers modern Asian cuisine married with flavours of local ingredients — helmed by acclaimed chef and restaurateur Luke Nguyen. 

Location: The Royal Botanic Garden, Mrs Macquaries Rd., Sydney, NSW
Website: botanichouse.com.au

 

 

Captain Cook Lunch Cruise

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Dining and sightseeing — hit these two birds with one stone when you go on a lunch cruise at Sydney Harbour. Captain Cook presents two to three-course lunch menus, served at the top deck backdropped by a gorgeous vista of the harbour.

Location: King Street Wharf 1 Darling Harbour / Circular Quay Wharf 6

 

 

What to Do in Sydney

Here are KKday’s top recommended activities you shouldn’t leave out of your Sydney itinerary!

 

Sydney Opera House Walking Tour

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Sydney Opera House is best-known for its stunning architecture, a staple adornment to Sydney’s harbour. However, what’s inside this UNESCO Heritage Site is also worth exploring — learn about its heritage and enjoy good food at the Opera Kitchen!

 

 

360-Degree Sightseeing at Sydney Tower Eye 

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Sydney Tower is a prominent landmark in the city skyline and is also a must-visit for the views that it offers. Aside from the observation deck, the tower also houses SkyFeast restaurant and the city’s highest outdoor adventure SKYWALK. 

 

 

Australian National Maritime Museum

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Being in a coastal city, you can’t miss a visit to the Australian National Maritime Museum where you can learn about seafaring, coastal culture, and more — a perfect bonding activity for families with kids.

 

 

WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo

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For more family-friendly activities, head to WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo which takes you up close with adorable animals that represent the Aussie wild — koalas, kangaroos, wombats, crocodiles, and platypuses!

 

 

TreeTops Adventure Park

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For a dash of adrenaline, TreeTops Adventure Park has a lot of tree rope courses and zip lines that even the young ones can enjoy!

 

 

Go to KKday and conveniently book your travel essentials and other local tours!

 

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